If you have a few dirty dishes in the sink, no worries. You can always get to them tomorrow. You don’t feel like doing them right now, and that’s okay. There’s always tomorrow. Wrong! Tomorrow never comes. All you ever have is the present moment. There’s this moment in time right now, and that’s it.
You’re probably thinking that tomorrow is almost on the horizon already. If today’s Monday, you know tomorrow is Tuesday. We get that. What we mean is that if you regularly adopt the policy that you can do today’s tasks tomorrow, you will eventually see a tomorrow with too much to accomplish. You’ll have tons on your plate because you kept procrastinating, and your responsibilities have piled up.
The Negative Power of Procrastination
SolvingProcrastination.com is a website all about, you guessed it, procrastination. They want to share a lesson that time eventually teaches us all. Procrastination is dangerous.
If putting things off hasn’t caused any real harm in your life, good for you. The problem is, that scenario might be telling you that if you procrastinate every now and then, what’s the big deal? Don’t fall into that mindset, that way of thinking.
“Procrastination is associated with a variety of dangers and negative effects, including worse academic performance, worse financial status, increased interpersonal relationship issues, reduced well-being, and worse mental and physical health“.
That’s rather scary. What’s even more bothersome is that the person who procrastinates often gets dealt with several of those issues simultaneously. They’re closely related because of certain behaviors.
Frequently putting things off can be very stressful. That stress attacks the body internally. Your overall health and well-being worsen, and you might have self-esteem issues because you never accomplish everything.
Do It Today or Write It Down
If you’ve got something small to do, something that doesn’t take much time, do it. Stop reading this right now and go and do it. If it requires more time, planning, or the accumulation of resources, break out your day planner. Write it down. Schedule it. You get much more done in your life when you write things down. This has been proven in several studies.
Stop procrastinating. It can wreck your mental and physical health. Procrastination ruins relationships and does damage in so many other ways. Stop putting things off unnecessarily. This is a lesson life’s ticking clock eventually teaches all of us, but you were reminded of it today, so you’ve got a jump on Father Time.